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Family history of ovarian cancer, doctor wants to check me for ovarian cancer now. I have a question.?

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Family history of ovarian cancer, doctor wants to check me for ovarian cancer now. I have a question.?

Postby jerrel82 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:36 am

My sister was recently diagnosed with cancer. Until she got a lump on her neck, she thought it was just side-effects from her second pregnancy. You may feel sick or you may not. Each person is unique. Just let the doctor do the tests and he'll help you figure out what's going on. Best of luck.
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Postby lindly » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:42 am

You can't draw any conclusions about cancer based on the events and info you have at this point. Thus far, everything is consistent with ovarian cysts that have ruptured or endometriosis, or both. The cysts can come and go in 3 weeks, so there's nothing unusual about different findings on two visits.

You would not necessarily feel anything at all if you had ovarian cancer in its earliest stage. You might have some of the symptoms you have been experiencing if ovarian cancer has been present for a while but is still in a relatively early stage. Ovarian cancer is usually first discovered by ultrasound and you have already passed that test. The blood test for cancer is usually inconclusive.

Like you doc said, a person would not normally be suspected of having ovarian cancer with the symptoms you have - its really the family history that is driving the suspicion.

You will just have to wait and see what the docs find with additional tests. Its a good idea to start with the GI tract and spleen. If no problems are found there, then it might be worth looking more closely at the pelvic cavity with microsurgery.
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Postby owain » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:51 am

At this stage it sounds more like cysts than cancer but it is good that your Dr is being thorough.

It is something tha is better with an accurate diagnosis from your Dr than guesses from strangers on the internet.

The only "symptom" of my cancer was a lump where it shouldn't have been.
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